Frequently, data management projects have a common set of intangible, yet strategic challenges namely the need for professional management around the areas of communications change as it impacts key design and project staff and most significantly, time itself.
Naturally, there is pressure to maximize the positive impact of an IT project, in the shortest period possible with an emphasis upon achieving every stated objective along with the numerous additional benefits that are added as the project unravels through the design, planning and implementation stages.
One guaranteed outcome is delay and a loss of clarity in respect of the stated objectives, timescales and benefits. As the project deadlines come and go, the difficulties increase, with the real risk of confidence and motivation declining as the skills necessary become overbearing. Time introduces potential new technology options, different perspectives on the actual objectives of the IT project, key personnel moving to other projects and businesses, or the budget being cut on basis of new business priorities as the economic climate changes.
Our experience points to a measured, phased approach where early implementation for a baseline system designed to deliver a minimum level of key functionality builds confidence and momentum. Further enhancements can be added in managed incremental sub projects to further enhance the business value and leverage the critical experience gained through the early phases from all the project stakeholders, particularly key power users.
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